New Delhi, December 10
The self-developed train collision avoidance system “KAVACH” was praised by the Transport, Tourism and Culture Parliamentary Committee for its success in preventing train accidents.
The committee’s 323rd report to parliament on Thursday also praised the rail agency for reducing “consequential train accidents” in the country.
“KAVACH will significantly reduce accidents,” the report states, recommending a phased introduction of “KAVACH” on all lines of Indian Railways.
“In the first phase, all routes with frequent accidents should be considered and ‘KAVACH’ should be installed as soon as possible,” the report advises.
The committee was told the number of “consequence train accidents” had fallen from 141 in 2010-11 to 55 in 2019-20 and further down to 35 in 2021-22. In the current 2022-23 financial year (ending 31 March 2022), there have been three corresponding train accidents.
Consequential train accidents refer to train accidents that cause serious consequences such as casualties, loss of railway property, or interruption of rail traffic. Such accidents occur due to collisions, derailments, level crossing accidents, etc.
India’s own Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system ‘KAVACH’ has been jointly developed by the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) of the Ministry of Railways with three Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
Rs 4,677 crore fencing proposed to be erected along tracks to save cattle
Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Friday that fencing had been proposed along the track for sections where trains would increase speeds to 160km/h and other vulnerable locations to prevent cattle from getting under running trains. Vulnerable sites have been identified on the New Delhi-Mumbai (including Baroda-Ahmedabad) and New Delhi-Howrah (including Kanpur-Lucknow) routes, as well as other routes of the Indian Railways, he said. on the fence. In response to an unstarred question from Rajya Sabha, Vaishnaw said the proposed total expenditure for this work is Rs 4,677 crore.